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Costume Contest: Show Us Your Armor!

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Ever played a rousing game of a fantasy MMO and get that awesome Ancient Skullcap of This Is A Helmet, only to realize that it clashes horribly with your Belt of I Am Great making you look like you just stumbled out of the closet of a schizophrenic drag queen? The folks at Trion Worlds have taken style into account in their MMO RIFT and have implemented a neat distinctive feature: costumes!

They work like this: once you don your armor of leetness, you can put costume pieces on "over" your armor so that you retain all of your defense bonuses but remain coordinated and stylish while fighting invasions from elemental planes.

Feel like saving the world while looking good? Fortunately for you, I have six RIFT product keys and six 6-month game time codes that I'm gonna give away, but you've gotta earn it! I bet you can see where I'm going with this what with Halloween being right around the corner and all.

So here's the deal: though I have no doubt that your adaptation of World of Goo as an article of clothing is a wonder to behold, we want to see two types of costumes based on MMOs. The first is what you'd like to see as a costume that your character would wear in RIFT. What would your Mathosian rogue or Bahmi cleric don before taking on a rift from the Plane of Life? The second costume is what your character would look like without a costume; in other words, the tackiest, most mismatched pairs of pauldrons and sashes you can imagine (and don't forget rings and pendants!). The top three in each category will get two keys: one for a free copy of RIFT and one for six months of play time.

They're two separate categories, by the way. You can enter either, but you don't have to enter both unless you really want to.

Because of how time-consuming this particular contest could be, y'all have a little over two weeks to submit your entries. Entries are due by midnight PST on Friday, October 28, 2011 and we'll vote on winners and have them up for Halloween. And to keep everyone honest, "GayGamer" needs to appear in your picture somewhere. Scribbled on paper, built out of Legos, whatever; it's just to filter out people who would try to cheat by just looking for cosplay on Google. So get out your sewing kit and glue gun; we can't wait to see what y'all have to offer! And good luck!

Contest specifics:


  • Entrant must create and photograph a costume based on the video game RIFT, or fantasy MMOs in general, as per descriptions above.

  • Photograph of costume must contain the phrase "GayGamer" on a physical medium within the photograph, such as written on a piece of paper. The home page of the site on a computer screen does not count.

  • Email entries to digitallit@gaygamer.net with the subject reading Costume Contest: Serious or Costume Contest: Tacky depending on the category entered.

  • The deadline for entries is midnight PST on Friday, October 28th, 2011 and winners will be announced on Halloween, Monday, October 31st, 2011.

  • The top three winners for each category will receive one key for the RIFT game client and one key for six months of game time. Additional game time and any future client expansions must be purchased through Trion Worlds as necessary.

RIFT system requirements:
Minimum PC Requirements
Operating system: Windows XP, Vista or 7

Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz or better

Memory: 2 GB

Hard disk space: 15.0 GB available

Video: Nvidia GeForce FX 5900, ATI/AMD Radeon X300, Intel GMA X4500 or better.

Sound: DirectX 8.1 compliant card

DirectX®: 9.0c, June 2010 update

Broadband internet connection (DSL, cable modem or other high speed connection)
 
Recommended System Specification
Operating system: Windows XP, Vista or 7

Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or better

Memory: 4 GB

Hard disk space: 15.0 GB available

Desktop Video: Nvidia GTS 250 or better

Notebook Video: Nvidia GTX 200M series or better

Sound: DirectX 8.1 compliant card

DirectX®: 9.0c, June 2010 update

Broadband internet connection (DSL, cable modem or other high speed connection)

4 Comments

Branovices said:

Rift hardly invented this. There were probably others but I know LotRO had cosmetic armor well before Rift even existed.

Applecup said:

Guild Wars has also had costumes for some time. They even work in the same way! This is hardly innovative or 'distinctive'.

City of Heroes beat them to the punch on this seven years ago... ^_^;

aarion said:

I don't believe the OP ever said, or even hinted, that RIFT invented cosmetic armor, or that this is some ground-breaking development in MMO-land. The word used was "implemented". Somewhat of a different meaning, don't you think?

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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